Mandarin Oriental Chef Norbert Made a Knight 

Norbert Kostner, the executive chef of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok for the past 38 years has been made a Cavaliere dell’ Ordine della Stella d’ Italia by the President of Italy. Kostner was recommended by Michelangelo Pipan, Ambassador of Italy to Thailand, who also presented the award of Cavaliere, or Knight, during a private ceremony at his residence.

The accolade was in recognition of Kostner’s contribution to the promotion of the Italian image and the relation between Italian and Thai people through his work.

“Chef Norbert’s dedication to the art of his profession has earned him an excellent reputation amongst the general public and media alike, thus helping to promote closer relations between Thailand and Italy,” said Pipan.

The Ordine della Stella d’Italia was originally instituted in 1947 as the Star of Italian Solidarity, to recognise those expatriates and foreigners who made an outstanding contribution to the reconstruction of Italy after World War II. The badge bears the inscription Solidarietà Italiana encircling a depiction of the Good Samaritan. The order is bestowed by decree of the President of the Republic, on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2011, it was reformed and the emphasis shifted to the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad.

Pictured (from left) are: Christian Johann Jadpradit Kostner; Amanda Hyndman, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok; Nijaporn Charanachitta, Chair of The Oriental Hotel Public Co., Ltd.; Ambassador Michelangelo Pipan; Cavaliere Norbert Kostner; Laila Pipan; and Ramone Jadpradit Kostner.